Gilbert police warn about phone scam

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

GILBERT, Ariz. -- The Gilbert Police Department issued a warning about a phone scam that they said has been targeting Gilbert residents recently, according to a press release.

The scam involves callers impersonating a police officer from a Valley agency and attempting to get the credit card information or a prepaid card from the victim.

During the phone call, the scammers tell the victims that they have unpaid traffic fines, photo radar tickets or a warrant for their arrest. The scammers then tell the victims an exact number needed to pay the fine or resolve the warrant.

Victims who have questioned the demands have been threatened by the scammers, told their license could be suspended or that officers could be sent to their home to arrest them. The scammers have also been able to provide the victim's name and home address over the phone.

The call ends with the scammer telling the victim to buy a prepaid Visa or Mastercard and to call back with the card's information.

Gilbert police stated that they do not ask for or accept payment over the phone and neither does the Gilbert Municipal Court.

Anyone who is approached suspiciously or who experiences anything similar to this scam is encouraged to report the incident. If Gilbert residents question the identity of someone claiming to be an officer calling them, they can call the Gilbert police non-emergency line at (480)503-6500.